Shopping list as essay or short story. Death certificate as personal narrative. Map as manifesto. We don't have to adhere to traditional presentation of our words. This workshop will challenge rigid notions of form, encouraging thoughtful exploration of a subject through the use of complementary forms to add additional layers of meaning. We will read contemporary essays and stories that demonstrate the appropriation of other forms. Then we will creatively dive in and enthusiastically experiment with form in our own work. Expect to break all your own rules, hit upon brilliant ideas, and have a lot of fun taking your writing into new territories!
May 2- May 23
Many nonfiction book projects are sold on proposal. But even seasoned writers are often unclear about what an effective book proposal actually includes. Book proposals are not short pitches. They are detailed and thorough, with many pages of information to help a prospective publisher see the vision for a book, from the writing itself to the marketing plan. In this three week workshop, you'll learn from an author who successfully sold her book on proposal to a major publisher and craft your own nonfiction book proposal to maximize your chance of landing a book deal!
Every individual has a unique and valid story to tell. People write personal narratives for a number of different reasons: as a form of creative expression, to create a permanent record for others, to examine emotions, to find communities of shared experience, and more. In this creative nonfiction course, we will examine and record our unique life experiences through writing. Whatever our own personal motivation, this supportive class will provide us with a constructive environment to creatively explore our lives on the page while giving it cohesion and form.
Oct. 10 - Oct. 30
The competition to get into a good college is stronger than ever these days. Students work hard at getting good grades and cramming for the SAT, ACT, and AP exams. But they often overlook one of the most important elements of a college application: The personal essay or personal statement. This element of an application can make or break a student’s chances of admission, and often is the weak point in an application package. In this workshop, students will build an admission essay from the ground up over the course of 4 weeks, emerging from the process with a polished essay to maximize their potential of gaining admission to the college of their choice.
May 2 - June 5